Dems renew calls for gun restrictions in wake of Las Vegas shooting

Democrats are demanding action from Congress and the White House to impose new restrictions on gun sales following a mass shooting in Las Vegas late Sunday night, the deadliest in U.S. history.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden to campaign for Stacey Abrams next week Dems with political experience could have edge in 2020 primary, says pollster Ford taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing MORE said “there’s no excuse for inaction,” while former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump Fox News poll shows Dems with edge ahead of midterms Poll: Democrats in position to retake the House MORE attacked the National Rifle Association.

 

 


At least 58 people were killed and some 400 injured after a shooter fired on a crowded country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

The suspected gunman, Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., was found dead in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, from where he fired on the crowd. 

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President Trump will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday. In a somber address at the White House, Trump called the mass shooting “an act of pure evil” and praised the bravery of the first responders.

“We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity,” Trump said. “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today and always will."

But many Democrats expressed frustration with those offering thoughts and prayers for the victims, saying that it isn’t enough.

“This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic,” Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyWant to improve health care? Get Americans off of their couches Situation in Yemen should lead us to return to a constitutional foreign policy Overnight Defense: Biden honors McCain at Phoenix memorial service | US considers sending captured ISIS fighters to Gitmo and Iraq | Senators press Trump on ending Yemen civil war MORE (D-Conn.) said in a statement. “The thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her More Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren Trump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? MORE (D-Mass.) echoed that sentiment.